One of the best things I found in the Boston area is the Boston Children's Hospital Blood Donor Center. This is one of the places I love to go to often. The atmosphere there is so great, you see the children and you know exactly how important it is to donate. The nurses are angels and its just a good experience.
According to the American Red Cross Blood Donation FAQ, Blood donation can save the lives of up to 3 people. Only 5 percent of the eligible population donates blood, according to the Blood Donor Center manager. Blood donations may help keep the body's circulatory system healthy by reducing stores of iron, according to a US study .
As many others, I myself am not living in the heart of Boston, so a while back, with no weekends and narrow weekday hours, it was practically impossible to get there. Well, I have good news: I've just been there last week and they told me they're now open every other Sunday, morning to 3PM if I recall correctly.
The Blood Donor Center offers a variety of incentives to get people to donate, including T-shirts, mugs, tote bags and free one-day parking passes at a Children’s garage. On Tuesdays you can even snag a free slice of pizza (Quote from "spotlight: Blood Donor Center" page).
Wherever you are, whoever you are, do yourself a favor and take a visit to the nearest blood donation center: its your way to give back to the community. And if you're in the Boston area, take a visit to the Boston Children's Hospital Blood Donor Center, its a treat! Let's earn those children's smile!
(Image Credit: Boston Children's Hospital)